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RSC unveils winter 2015 season and Antony Sher as Lear

Antony Sher will play King Lear at the RSC.
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Antony Sher is to play King Lear for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016, with new plays by Marina Carr and Helen Edmundson also announced as part of the theatre company’s winter 2015 season.

King Lear will be directed by RSC artistic director Gregory Doran, and will run next summer on the main stage.

The theatre’s winter season for 2015 will open with Henry V, directed by Doran, and running from September 12 to October 25, with press night on September 22. The production will also be screened to cinemas on October 21, and streamed free of charge to schools.

Alex Hassell will lead the cast of Henry V, which runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and has design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Paul Englishby and sound by Martin Slavin.

The season continues with a revival of Wendy and Peter Pan, written by Ella Hickson and adapted from the novel by JM Barrie. It will be directed by Jonathan Munby, who helmed the show when it originally played in 2013.

It runs from November 17 to January 31, with press night on November 25.

In the Swan Theatre, Carr’s Hecuba, a reimagining of Euripides’ play, which will run from September 17 to October 17, directed by Erica Whyman. It will have its press night on September 24.

This will be followed by Love for Love by William Congreve, from October 28 to January 22, with press night on November 4.

This is the first production of Congreve’s play at the RSC and it will be directed by Selina Cadell.

Edmundson’s new play, Queen Anne, follows, running from November 19 to January 23, with press night on November 26.

It is about the relationship between Queen Anne and the Duchess of Marlborough and will be directed by Natalie Abrahami, who makes her RSC directorial debut with the play.

Doran said the winter season “pits love against war”.

He also highlighted an exhibition that is being planned that will “immerse visitors in the RSC’s rich history and showcase how the company makes its world famous productions” and the reopening of the Other Place, as announced last week.

“We want to make Stratford the most exciting destination in the UK for audiences of all kinds in 2016,” he said.

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